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Welcome to the Game Replay, usually the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. Since E3 is taking place this week, there will be more Game Replay posts than usual, as the big names in the games industry make major announcements on upcoming releases. Today's post deals with the highlights from EA's press conference, as well as a Pre-E3 confirmation Sony is making a more powerful version of the PlayStation 4.
Continent criss-crossing, jet-setting, and last of the famous international playboys, MacNN Editor Charles Martin made a diagonal line from an undisclosed island off the west coast of Canada to Orlando, Florida to help out with some Fringe Festival shows, so he's not available again this week, leaving Managing Editor Mike and MacNN contributor Jordan to go over both the leading tech news stories of the week as well as totally geek out on Disney software, figurines, consoles, Star Wars and more.
So back in August of last year, I had written a review of an officially licensed Topps and Star Wars app that had lit the internet on fire, then promptly fizzled out. Nine months later, I decided to turn around and check out what Star Wars: Card Trader had been up to since I last cleared it off my iPhone.
If you spend any time at all in geeky circles, you're well aware of how popular Star Wars is. You're probably also aware of how popular Lego is, as well. That's one of the biggest reasons we decided to take a look at Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga; because it's a classic title that marries two of geek culture's greatest obsessions in to one absurdly fun package.
With May the Fourth (be with you) happening today, we thought it would be a great time for us to check in on Star Wars: Uprising, the real-time shooter that had come out last year in preparation for The Force Awakens. It's been almost eight months since the game was released, and we're interested in seeing what changes have been made.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Sony advises the Mac and PC versions of Remote Play will arrive with the next major PlayStation 4 firmware, the HTC Vive shifts over 15,000 units within ten minutes of availability, and Razer reveals five games that will work with its OSVR headset.
If you are a fan of Star Wars or have picked up an interest in the George Lucas universe after watching the latest installment in the franchise, you may want to enter this competition. This is a reminder that you have only a few days left to take part in the MacNN Deals giveaway, which will net one lucky winner the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray collection, as well as their own BB-8 droid from Sphero.
The latest installment of Star Wars continues to ride high in the box office charts, but despite the series existing for quite a long time, there are some people watching The Force Awakens without having seen any of the earlier films. If you happen to be in this small group of people, or are a fan of the franchise, you might want to take part in the MacNN Deals giveaway to win yourself Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray as well as your own BB-8 droid.
As a technologically-minded person, you may be aware of a new film in a little-known movie franchise called Star Wars currently playing in theaters. If you're new to the saga or simply want to relive the entire series from the very beginning, why not enter the latest MacNN Deals giveaway of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, as well as your very own BB-8 droid.
Yes, we said that Off Topic was coming back in 2016, but as usual we have opinions. here's the deal. This episode is full to the brim with spoilers for the end of the Doctor Who season as well as The Force Awakens, so if you want to remain unspoiled for either, just don't bother listening right now. It'll still be here when you want to chat. Don't worry, Star Wars fans, only 22 minutes of Doctor Who, with the balance of the hour talking about Star Wars nitty gritty!
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE